In my books, Steampunk, with a capital S, is an engineered species of humans who modeled their values from the science fiction genre. After losing everything, they wanted fantasy and science fiction to become reality. Everything in my books is achieved through science, not magic. You'll find genetic engineering, body modification, super weapons, mutations, and all kinds of interesting and exciting things, but never the supernatural. My version of Steampunk is unique as my books take place in the future, whereas most other Steampunk tales occur during the 19th Century.
Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Although its literary origins are sometimes associated with the cyberpunk genre, steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American Wild West, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has maintained mainstream usage, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. Steampunk may, therefore, be described as neo-Victorian. more...
Why write about post-apocalyptic society?
The time frame may be immediately after the catastrophe, focusing on the travails or psychology of survivors, the way to maintain the human race, alive and together as one, or considerably later, often including the theme that the existence of pre-catastrophe civilization has been forgotten (or mythologized). Post-apocalyptic stories often take place in a non-technological future world, or a world where only scattered elements of society and technology remain. Ultimately, I believe in the promise of the future.
My Twist on Post-Apocalyptic life
Although most post-apocalyptic fiction is very decimated and lacks much of the technology we have today, my books take a twist this because my characters have a huge industrial revolution to rebuild civilization. Hence, this new civilization is what you will see in my books. Society is actually very technologically advanced with lots of steampunk weapons, airships, sea vessels, locomotives, robots, and other such things.
My Apocalypse was actually localized. It was a huge terrorist attack that nearly obliterated the entire USA. Most post-apocalyptic media focuses on a global catastrophe, but my books show the destruction of a world superpower, and how such results will permanently change the world. They also show how terrorism (which happens in real life), can be very destructive to our world. Hence, it's apocalyptic in a different context.
MY TAKE ON dystopia
A steampunk society in a post-apocalyptic USA could be views as a dystopia. The Steampunks in my books are the nation's new dominant culture who changed everything. Some people view them as a controversial culture, because they believe in steam power that was eliminated a long time ago, rapid developments in technology, body modification, experiments in science, unusual fashion statements, and so on. My characters are also plagued by terrorism on a regular basis, because many individuals hate and fear those who are different from themselves.
TRADIONAL DEFINITION OF dystopia
A dystopia is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. They are often characterized by dehumanization, totalitarian governments, environmental disasters, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society. more...